Queensland electorate has highest levels of ‘have nots’

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Communities living in the regional Queensland electorate of Hinkler suffer the highest levels of disadvantage of any electorate in Australia, according to major research undertaken by Catholic Social Services Australia.

Hinkler is located in coastal Queensland and takes in the towns of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Childers, Gayndah and Monto.

The research, undertaken in 2020, shows that in the towns and regional areas of Hinkler the levels of education, economic and health disadvantage are the highest in Australia.

Catholic Social Services Australia executive officer Monique Earsman said that as the end of Anti-Poverty Week nears, the results for Hinkler reflect the enormous difference between the haves and the have nots in Australia.

“While poverty is a scourge that tens of thousands live with around Australia, the inequality and disadvantage in places like Bundaberg and Childers is particularly debilitating,” Ms Earsman said.

“Many local families are unable to find adequate housing, don’t have enough money to cover the necessities and are living lives that seemingly offer no hope for the future.

“In one of the richest countries in the world this should never be the case.”

Robert Sims, Director of local community service provider CentracareCQ, said the CSSA research confirmed the experience of hundreds of people living in and around the Wide Bay region.

“To see some real action for our region, we desperately need the government to lift income support above the poverty line, and to increase their investment within the social housing sector,” Mr Sims said.

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Hinkler disadvantage highest in Queensland (CSSA)

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